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Technology to assist with calving

Calving cows adds extra work and stress in any dairy operation. The demands are intense in seasonal
or split calving systems where large numbers of cows calve over brief periods. In year round calving
systems, it’s an on-going chore.

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Pasture allocation could be the key to milking more cows with robots

Clever pasture allocation strategies could increase the capacity of milking robots in Australia’s
grazing based systems, according to recent research conducted by FutureDairy postgraduate student, Alex John.His findings suggest some farmers may be able to milk an extra 10 cows per robot by changing the amount of feed offered in the early evening.

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Sydney Royal Easter Show – electronic on farm monitoring

Meet Anna. This 2½-year-old Ayrshire cow is a pin-up girl for modern dairying. Rather than wearing a bell around her neck, she is wearing a rumination and activity sensor that will tell the farmer when she is ovulating, when she is about to calve, when she is eating and when she is sick.

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FutureDairy announces partner farm

Retreat Creek – the farm owned by western Victorian dairy farmers, John and Clare Cotton – will become a partner farm for the FutureDairy project when the family installs Australia’s second robotic rotary automatic milking system (AMS). The robotic rotary was developed for the automatic milking of larger, grazing herds by dairy equipment company DeLaval in collaboration with the FutureDairy team.

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Farmers to benefit from robotic dairy appointment

Australia’s milk producers are set to benefit from the appointment of dairy expert, Dr Nicolas Lyons, to a newly created robotic dairy position based at the Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute in Camden.

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Robotic Milking in Tasmania

In the dairy industry, there’s a highly ambitious goal of finding technically and economically viable applications for robotics. And great strides are being made near Deloraine at the Dornauf family’s Gala farm, which is pioneering the world’s first commercial robotic rotary dairy.

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Designer diets for cows

Dairy’s top young researchers are tackling some of the big challenges likely to face the industry in the
coming years including climate change, fertilisers and animal health and welfare.

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Cow movement options for Robotic milking

Automatic milking farms have two options for moving the cows to and from the dairy: voluntary cow movement (either ‘controlled’ or ‘free’) and batch milking. FutureDairy Project Leader, Dr Kendra Kerrisk says the choice of cow movement in an automatic milking system (AMS) is influenced by personal preference and the availability of
infrastructure and labour.

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Breeding cows to be milked by robots

Dairyfarmers considering automatic milking systems (AMS) frequently ask what percentage of their herd will need to be culled as having udders that are unsuitable for robotic cup attachment.

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Robots are coming to Kiama

With increasing numbers of Australian dairy cows now being milked by robots, researchers are looking at a range of exciting ways to use robots on farm, and one that has already shown promise is the use of robots to herd cattle from the paddock to the dairy. Delegates at the Dairy Research Foundation’s symposium, to be held at Kiama on 4, 5 July will get a sneak peak of Rover, a prototype robot, in action.

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AMS mastitis management

FutureDairy has launched a web-based resource on automatic milking systems (AMS) for large herds.
Project Leader Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk said the resource was designed for people at various stages in the robotic milking journey.

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Three feeds a day with robotic milking

Research and farmer experience has confirmed that a 3 – way grazing system works better on farms with automatic milking systems (AMS) than the traditional approach of offering cows two fresh pasture breaks a day.

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More is not always better for Maize

When it comes to irrigation water and nitrogen fertiliser, more is not necessarily better for maize silage. FutureDairy rese arch has shown that although higher levels of water and nitrogen application generally result in higher maize yields, the nutritional value drops because the increase in grain percentage is offset by an increase in fibre content.

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Future options for detecting heat in dairy cows

Infrared (IR) cameras could hold the key to improving heat (or oestrus) detection on dairy farms, according to initial results from a FutureDairy pilot trial. FutureDairy project leader, Assoc Prof Kendra Kerrisk, said that although the research was in its early days, the technology was commonly available

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Robots for teat preparation

With the robotic rotary now operating at the Dornauf farm in Tasmania, dairyfarmers are starting to ask specific questions about how it works, and whether the optional extras, such as teat preparation robots are a good business proposition.

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